Forum posts made by dirtymartini

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 14 Jul 2013 23:27

Conquistador - Procol Harum Live 1977...

//www.youtube.com/embed/9Cfzg3_WhLM

Topic Happy Birthday to Nicola!
Posted 14 Jul 2013 23:12

Happy Birthday Nic...Hope you have a nice relaxing one, whichever day it is...and I get a bit confused with this whole Aussie calender thing...I don't know why you Aussie people can't get your days straight, have to drive on the wrong side of the road, and can't spell simple words like "color" and "favorite"...

But anyway...hope you have a nice, relaxing day (ducks and runs)...

http://i1.cpcache.com/product/58153720/siamese_cat_drinking_wine_bird_tile_coaster.jpg?height=460&width=460&qv=90

Cheers,
Alan.
occasion5

Topic POV help
Posted 14 Jul 2013 18:17


FWIW, my contest winner here at Lush (see sig line) used a first person female POV and most folks said it came out more or less readable. ;)


What drunk told you your stories were readable Reverend? Btw, for a free drink, I'll tell you anything you want to hear, and then some...reminds me, I need to get over to the bar...been busy as of late with real life stuff...and I hate when real life gets in the way of important matters like drinking...

Anyway, getting back on topic...I'd have to say about 90% of my stories, both here on this fine site known throughout the free world as Lush Stories, and otherwise are first person, male POV...and that hasn't stopped me from getting a certain amount of recognition, here and elsewhere...so, maybe the issue is not the fact that they're male POV...just sayin'

Topic Publishing stories outside Lush
Posted 14 Jul 2013 11:27

If I did publish in an e-book, I would leave any "re-used" stories posted here. Is there an appropriate or "good" way to tell people reading the book that if they saw the stories here, they are not stolen...I just put them in two places?



I don't think that's going to be an issue for you...I've been on Lush four years now, and have stories and poems posted on various sites under Exakta66, DirtyMartini, as well as my real name...not once in any of those years has anyone ever accused me of plagiarizing my own stories...

And yes, I am a published author...recognized by no less than Poets & Writers Magazine...so, I'd say I'm pretty legit...

Poets & Writers - Directory of Writers - Alan W. Jankowski
http://www.pw.org/content/alan_w_jankowski

Topic Why do men impersonate as women or post ladies' pics on their profile
Posted 10 Jul 2013 10:13

I'm actually a corned beef sandwich...I finally decided to come out and share my true identity...

Topic FAIL Thread
Posted 09 Jul 2013 19:37

I'm sure none of my friends here want to pass up this once in a lifetime offer...

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/971664_10151482654882096_178406249_n.jpg

Hey...I guess as long as it keeps the beer cold...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1013963_550014681728465_1133571168_n.jpg

Topic and the Winner of the June 2013 $100 Attention Whore Contest is...
Posted 06 Jul 2013 19:00



And both of them are almost as popular as the "supernatural stories" page!

Lol...I noticed that too...but not as popular as the trans story page...that's an interesting list actually...

And congrats Summer...3601

Topic Oh, this made me laugh out loud...more than once...
Posted 02 Jul 2013 19:49

Oh, this made me laugh out loud...more than once...happy8

Book Titles With One Letter Missing (20 Pics)
http://www.pleated-jeans.com/2013/07/01/book-titles-with-one-letter-missing-20-pics/

Here's some examples...

http://www.pleated-jeans.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/BN-SeciCQAQy46k.jpg

http://www.pleated-jeans.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/BN9CicTCYAAYIW4.jpg

http://www.pleated-jeans.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/BN_EOUpCIAEeLkH.jpg

Topic Progressing from one off short stories to novellas.
Posted 29 Jun 2013 23:44

That's because that's my goal - to be published. I know I can publish short stories but that doesn't thrill me too much.)

Just curious as to how you "know" you can publish short stories...I would take this to mean that you already have short stories published...

Btw, if you don't, you might want to give it a shot for a couple of reasons...for one thing, if you want to go with a major publisher someday, and get an agent, they're more likely to take on someone who already has stuff published...

The other thing would be, if you can't get shorts published, you might not find getting your novel published quite as easy as you think...just sayin'

Topic A neat little list of writing competitions, poetry and prose, courtesy of Morgen
Posted 29 Jun 2013 15:31

Here's a neat little list of writing competitions that come around every year, grouped according to month, a very nicely done blog by my latest author Facebook friend Morgen Bailey...poetry, stories, etc...check it out my writing friends...happy8

Other Stuff - Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog - Writing Competitions
http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/competitions-calendar/

And for those who may have just joined up with us recently, we've been doing this sort of thing the last few years or so over on the sister site...

Stories Space - Writing Competitions and Calls for Submissions
http://www.storiesspace.com/forum/yaf_topics16_Writing-Competitions-and-Calls-for-Submissions.aspx

And yes, my friends...people actually do win these things, and get money, and get their stories in print, and get their pictures of themselves talking with Oprah plastered on huge billboards along the highway, all across the country...

Alright...maybe not the last one, but people do win contests and get published...two come to mind off the top of my head...Maggie Rascal won a cool $50.00 and publication a few weeks ago, and Archana (not a Lush member btw), won third place in some competition, which included publication in some print journal of another...so yeah, shit does really happen sometimes...and sometimes it's good shit that happens...

Btw, here's my little lesson for today...the secret to winning contests and getting published is...(drum roll, please)...

The secret to getting published and winning contests is... you have to actually enter stuff ...

Yes, I know this will shock the crap out of some here...but, believe it or not...writing a story and leaving it on your hard drive will not make you a published author...

I know, life sucks sometimes...anyway, that's the Lesson of the Day my friends...you can now go back to your normal everyday routine...and have fun while you're at it...icon_smile

Topic Anyone here on Blogger who posts "adult content" may want to read this...
Posted 27 Jun 2013 20:43


I am guessing they will allow legitimate links to your ebooks, on the likes of Amazon / Smashwords, but I wouldn't bet your life on it . Someone might want to confirm with them directly.

Bet my life or your life Nic? Lol...yeah, seems at the moment there's a lot of speculation, but nobody seems to know anything really definitive...sort of reminds me of the Smashwords situation last year though...how this ends remains to be seen...

And btw Kylie...seems you misspelled "beginning" in your story banner...you may want to do something about that...just a thought...

Topic Anyone here on Blogger who posts "adult content" may want to read this...
Posted 27 Jun 2013 17:56

Anyone here who has a blog on Blogger, and posts "adult content" may best want to be aware of some changes going down...I know a number of people on my Facebook friends list have gotten notices, and some here might be affected...it essentially revolves around this...

Google will remove all Blogger sites that monetize adult content, from June 30
http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/06/27/google-will-take-down-blogger-sites-on-june-30-which-host-adult-content-and-show-ads-for-adult-sites/?+from+June+30

The article states blogs will be removed "if they do not remove all adverts and links to external sites hosting adult content."...

What this all means to erotica writers is a topic of debate at the moment...here is Blogger's policy regarding content...

Blogger - Content Policy
http://www.blogger.com/content.g

It states "Do not use Blogger as a way to make money on adult content."...people at the moment seem to feel safe if they don't have links to external porn sites, but wouldn't selling erotic books on your blogs be making money on adult content?

If I had a blog on Blogger with adult content, and anything of value, personally I would back it up and save it in a file somewhere...a number of people have been getting notices recently, and I have a feeling people shouldn't be surprised if they wake up Monday and their blog is gone...just sayin'

Topic Ratings and comments
Posted 26 Jun 2013 23:55



You can't vote less than a 4 if you're a non-member. It's to stop driveby down-voting, which we used to get a lot of.

Oh, when did that one start? News to me, though I admit I can't keep up with everything around here...and I have to assume it's the same over on the blue site now as well...

I guess there's less reason now to switch to FC, which I hear is "sad and manipulative"...

Btw, we don't have a huge problem with driveby down-voting over on the blue site, though lately we seem to be getting a rash of story submissions where people are putting spaces before punctuation marks...

If I read one more story or poem with spaces before commas and periods, I may just want to hurt somebody...well, if you figure out a way to put an end to that problem...please, let me know...

Topic Ratings and comments
Posted 26 Jun 2013 16:34


I'm considering scrapping the option.

I strongly believe you should keep the option...I happen to know a number of writers post their stories with the FC option off, and then turn it on after they get on the Top Author list, or whatever it's called here, as a deterrent from people coming along and giving anonymous low scores and knocking them off the list...and yeah, it think it works to some extent anyway...

I think having more options, as far as how their stories are scored and commented is always a good thing...you can always point out the option next time someone complains about anonymous low scores...

And whoever suggested Captcha should be taken out back and shot...oh was that you Liz? I'm sorry, only kidding...evil4

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 24 Jun 2013 22:54

For my video pick today we have Mr. Bruce Springsteen , and I saw him in '78 with my friend Tom Arrison, at Madison Square Garden, and then out on Long Island...the MSG show had to be right around the time of this show at the Capital Theater here in NJ...anyway...Happy Tuesday...enjoy...happy8

http://www.youtube.com/embed/HPea8IWOEy8

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 24 Jun 2013 22:52

For my video pick today we have Mr. Bruce Springsteen , and I saw him in '78 with Tom Arrison, at Madison Square Garden, and then out on Long Island...the MSG show had to be right around the time of this show at the Capital Theater here in NJ...anyway...Happy Tuesday...enjoy...happy8

http://www.youtube.com/embed/HPea8IWOEy8

Topic Real pic of Lush member (summerjones)
Posted 24 Jun 2013 22:14

Hot stuff...they don't call you Summer for nothing... http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9k022OWaR1qcp98k.gif

Topic Your opinion: Top 10 Rock Guitarists of All Time
Posted 20 Jun 2013 12:10



Yeh, Peter Green can solo pretty fucking good.

Yeah, I happen to think the Boston Tea Party album is one of the best live albums I've ever heard...I got it back in the 80's as a bootleg, but you can get it as a regular CD these days...

This performance is pretty damn unbelievably awesome actually, and I'm being conservative here...a bit lengthy, but well worth the listen...

http://www.youtube.com/embed/mhd89SaI3r4

Topic Your opinion: Top 10 Rock Guitarists of All Time
Posted 20 Jun 2013 01:31

Being a certifiable old fart, let me go back into, The Rock of Ages' for a few yet to be mentioned.

Submitted for your consideration:
Pete Townsend
George Harrison
Leon Russell
Stevie Ray Vaughn

And one group:
The Ventures, a group every guitar picker back in the 60's seemed to want to emulate.

glasses8

I would think that since you've included The Ventures, based mainly on musical influence...I would have thought you might have included at least a few of the following...and these are not really in order per se...that would require more thought than I'm capable of at the moment..

1. Chuck Berry...no guitarist has influenced modern rock guitar more...
2. Bo Diddley
3. T-Bone Walker
4. Muddy Waters
5. Link Wray
6. Albert King...my personal favorite guitar player, and a huge influence...especially on the big rock bands of the 60's and 70's....heck, Clapton mimicked him note for note on "Strange Brew" for example...
7. Roy Buchanan
8. Eddie Van Halen...unquestionably influenced a whole generation of modern metal guitarists...
9. Pete Townshend, as you mentioned Reverend...his use of power chords for rhythm influenced more bands than I can count...I only have ten fingers, after all...
10. Son House

I should have Jimi Hendrix and Les Paul in there somewhere...throw them in as ties somewhere, since we established at the beginning that's allowed...

Topic A couple of ways for authors to help out the tornado victims in Oklahoma...
Posted 18 Jun 2013 19:57

Looks like Maggie Rascal did an interview...she mentions a famous blue site btw...happy8

Internationally acclaimed writer M.P.Witwer, a former journalist speaks her heart out, regarding “Twist of Fate”, a charitable global anthology
http://kiritisengupta.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/internationally-acclaimed-writer-m-p-witwer-a-former-journalist-speaks-her-heart-out-regarding-twist-of-fate-a-charitable-global-anthology/

Topic A new fashion trend I'm sure my Lush friends won't want to miss out on...
Posted 18 Jun 2013 18:55

Here's a new fashion trend I'm quite sure my Lush friends here won't want to miss out on...the C-String...

C-String? More like WTF-String
http://www.chicagonow.com/baby-sideburns/2013/06/c-string/

And yes, they make them for guys as well...check it out my trend-setting Lush friends...happy8

http://www.chicagonow.com/baby-sideburns/files/2013/06/Screen-shot-2013-06-17-at-9.38.00-PM.png

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 18 Jun 2013 10:58

The Fabulous Thunderbirds - My Baby

http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wa9ZJS8KEnA

Topic This video might be encouraging for anyone here who's a romance writer...
Posted 17 Jun 2013 23:54

Last summer, Jack and Jasinda Wilder and their five children were deep in a financial crisis. In desperation, the couple self-published a series of steamy romance novels that started picking up followers online. In a year, the rookie authors had sold more than a million e-books. Anthony Mason reports...

CBS News - Couple reeling from recession rewrites story, publishes romance novels
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50149108n&tag=api

Topic "Where Writers Win's Ultimate List of Book Review Websites"...a pretty decent list, in spreadsheet form...
Posted 17 Jun 2013 00:43



Has there been one made specifically for erotica friendly sites? That's the issue with most of those places.

Yeah, that is a tricky one...I agree...certainly if I see a list of erotica friendly review sites, I'll most definitely post it here...I just happened to come across this earlier...somebody posted it in another forum...

Topic "Where Writers Win's Ultimate List of Book Review Websites"...a pretty decent list, in spreadsheet form...
Posted 16 Jun 2013 15:39

"Where Writers Win's Ultimate List of Book Review Websites"...a pretty decent list, in spreadsheet form...

A lot of lists of review sites I've seen are not particularly up to date, but this one looks pretty good...check it out my published book-writing Lush friends...

Where Writers Win's Ultimate List of Book Review Websites
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ag_8yndH90xCdF9tWk1SbUZYYWctaWtaY2F1UFg4LUE#gid=0

Topic What is wattpad.com?
Posted 16 Jun 2013 15:33

I just heard back from them, and they took down the plagiarized copy of my story at my request. Maybe they're not so bad.

I've heard good things about Wattpad, they're supposed to be a very rapidly growing site, aimed mainly at younger readers...

Your plagiarism checker link ain't working for me btw...I was wondering what that was about...

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 12 Jun 2013 22:05

The Byrds - Hey Joe (Monterey Pop Festival, 1967)

http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Q976FssZCo

Topic Tip to Question: How do I give my stories more exposure here at Lush?
Posted 12 Jun 2013 12:30

This seems like a good enough thread to post this...

Here's a Facebook change I can live with...#Facebook has announced its support of #hashtags as of today as matter of fact...so, go out and start hashing it up my Lush friends...happy8

Facebook adds hashtags, mends missing link to pop culture
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57588974-93/facebook-adds-hashtags-mends-missing-link-to-pop-culture/

Topic A couple of ways for authors to help out the tornado victims in Oklahoma...
Posted 11 Jun 2013 23:28

Well...it looks like the cover has been revealed for Twist of Fate , the anthology put together by Indies In Action to help victims of the Oklahoma tornados...

I'm proud to say that a number of my author friends contributed to this great cause, including Lush's very own Magnificent1Rascal, who is also one of my fellow moderators over on that fine blue site known as Stories Space btw...speaking of which, I know Hulya Yilmaz, also a member of that classy site contributed as well...I have a feeling there are more contributors from the Lush Family of Fine Story Sites , but details are a bit sketchy at the moment...stay tuned to these here pages for more details as they unfold my friends...happy8

http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1373126977l/18165239.jpg

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 11 Jun 2013 22:04

Creedence Clearwater Revival - I Heard It Through The Grapevine...1970...

http://www.youtube.com/embed/ss0kXPOFtuE